CPC DG, Others to Speak at LAAC Seminar

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The Director-General of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Mr. Babatunde Irukera, and Chief Executive Officer, Selective Security International Limited Mr. Ayo Obilana, are among the key stakeholders in the Nigerian aviation industry that will deliver papers at the forthcoming 22nd annual seminar of the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) in Lagos.

Irukera, who is a Special Guest at the seminar with the theme: ‘Financing Aviation Development through Private Sector Partnerships,’ will speak on the activities of CPC as it relates to aviation and air travellers’ protection from airlines and even government agencies.

Irukera in a chat with journalists recently said that the Council received the third highest number of complaints in 2017 from the aviation Sector.

He said that the sector came after telecommunications and banking sectors, which had the first and second highest number of consumer complaints respectively.

The recent intervention of CPC in aviation industry had received mixed feelings from stakeholders and professionals in the Nigerian aviation industry. While some lauded the council for its role, others alleged that it was usurping the activities of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The forum, would give Irukera the opportunity to shed more light on the statutory role of CPC, not just in the industry, but in the country at large.

Also, Obilana, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) certified security personnel has confirmed participation at the seminar.

Obilana will speak on ‘Funding Perspectives of Aviation Security in Nigeria.’
A former General Manager, Aviation Security, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Obilana holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the Whitwort University, Spokane, Washington DC, United States.

In an email to the committee, said it was high time players in the sector focused more on security within the aviation industry.

He explained that his paper would delve on new strategies employed by unscrupulous elements to beat security networks in the sector while also looking at changes in aviation security after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Obilana, is a Fellow of the International Institute of Professional Security, member of Association of Licensed Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALSPN) and a member of Aviation Round Table (ART), an association of aviation professionals.

Obilana also worked in the United States for six years, where he garnered experience in industrial security business, working in Chicago Illinois, Fort Wayne Indiana and Portland, Oregon respectively.
Mr. Allen Onyema, the Chairman of Air Peace would act as the Chairman of the event while Mr. Nick Fadugba, a former Secretary General, African Airlines Association (AFRAA) would also present a paper at the occasion.

Several other aviation personalities and airlines have also indicated interest to participate at the event, which would hold on July 19, 2018 at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers.

Other papers to be present at the seminar include ‘Federal/State Government Partnership in Air Navigational Development’ and ‘Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Financing’ and ‘Partnerships as Key to Survival of Local Airlines’ among others.